Vehicles parked on the Upper East Side get more tickets than in any other NYC neighborhood | Upper East Site
Vehicles parked on the Upper East Side get more tickets than in any other NYC neighborhood | Upper East Site

The Upper East Side Gets the Most Parking Tickets in NYC

Drivers parking on the Upper East Side continue to be the City’s own personal cash machine— racking up more parking tickets and fines than any other neighborhood in New York City over the past year, according to an analysis of parking violation data by Upper East Site.

It’s not even close either. 

Cars and trucks racked up an astonishing 450,531 parking tickets on the Upper East Side during the City’s last fiscal year— which runs from July 1st 2021 to June 30th 2022, rather than a regular calendar year. 

That’s more than 1200 tickets a day issued between East 59th and 96th Streets, accounting for a whopping $38.8 million in fines-- nearly double the $19.8 million in fines issued on the UES in 2016.

The second and third neighborhoods getting hammered with parking violations are Astoria, Queens with 372,539 summons issued and 341,041 on the Upper West Side. 

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The number of parking tickets written by NYPD Traffic Enforcement Agents has skyrocketed since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, from a total of 12 million summons issued across the five boroughs in fiscal year 2019 to more than 15 million in 2022— a 25% increase. 

Hundreds of parking spaces on the Upper East Side— and thousand across the city— have been lost since the pandemic began. Many were taken up by the street side shanties that defined the limited dining experience in the early days of Covid in New York City, others have been replaced with more commercial parking in an effort to curb congestion from double parked trucks making deliveries.

The proliferation of trucks bottlenecking traffic hasn’t been eased at all by the changes— in fact, any driver will tell you the Upper East Side’s main corridors are worse than they’ve ever been. 

The number of parking violations issued to commercial vehicles has fallen sharply | Upper East Site
The number of parking violations issued to commercial vehicles has fallen sharply | Upper East Site

However, data reviewed by Upper East Site shows the number of parking violations issued to commercial vehicles has plummeted since 2019, while those issued to passenger cars has dramatically risen— when the two used to be on par with each other.

It’s not clear whether fewer trucks are parking illegally or whether parking enforcement among commercial vehicles has been dialed back.

Vehicles with New York plates were the most likely to rack up parking tickets on the UES— however, out-of-state plates account for more than 100,000 citations issued in fiscal year 2022. Those from New Jersey alone accounts for nearly 54,000 parking violations, with those from Connecticut, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Florida ranging from nearly seven thousand to just under ten thousand each.

Surprisingly, even cars and trucks with registrations from Hawaii and Puerto Pico managed to receive a total of 26 parking violations, even though the vehicle would have to be shipped from an island to the mainland United States before being driven to and parked on the Upper East Side. 

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More than 62,000 vehicles were ticketed on the UES for not having a meter receipt in 2022, the most common parking violation issued by NYPD TEAs. 

The second most frequently issued violation is for drivers not moving their cars during alternate side street cleaning rules— a total of 56,000 summons were issued to cars blocking street sweepers.That’s a dramatic increased over last year, but is still lower than pre-pandemic figures. 

Alternate side parking rules returned to their twice-a-week enforcement in July— it had been dialed back to once a week since 2020.

Rounding out the top five violations issued on the Upper East Side are parking in a No Parking zone, No Standing zone or too close to a fire hydrant. 

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  1. The timing of your article is spot on. I received a boot at 3:49am on 8/18/22 hat I didn’t discover until after midnight on 8/19/22 when I went to switch sides for ASP. In a 4 block radius, I saw about a dozen boots. I’m still waiting for a call back from Friday morning after choosing the option to not lose my place in line and get a call back. I’m 4.5 hrs into a call on hold today. Seems the city was ready to mass boot the UES and can’t handle to volume to get the cars released, all with a looming threat of tow within 48 hrs of receiving the boot (and car auctioned 10 days after that

  2. Why don’t cars with NYC, NYS, Courts and Federal permits get parking tickets for parking illegally (by hydrants, not paying a muni meter, etc.)? I work in Manhattan and live in Queens and see this abuse of permits getting worse. I once saw a car with a permit in my area from the Sea Bright Police Association. He was far from home. Instead of congestion pricing for NYS license plates, they should charge out of state license plates (except for NJ, CT and PA) since I know people who commute from there. Just a thought.

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